Last year's Travers Stakes ended in a dead heat. In preparation for this year's race, YNN's Seth Leavitt took a behind the scenes look at who determines when a race is too close to call.
SARATOGA RACE COURSE -- One of the most exciting moment in horse racing is when two horses cross the finish line in what appears to be the exact same time. That is when the anticipation builds for a photo finish.
However, it takes a lot of technology and four men to determine the results of that photo finish.
Donald Morehouse is the official photo technician at Saratoga Race Course. He activates a number of cameras that continuously record the action on the track. Once the race concludes, Morehouse displays the finish to the placement judges. Than, the judges and Morehouse work together to determine the correct order of finish.
It's a difficult job, but the group of photo technicians make it look easy.
"If you can see room or space between one of the noses in the wire, then you separate them," said Morehouse.
"He's a wonderful aid to the placing judges, we need him," noted Sonny Taylor, a placing judge.
After last year's Travers Stakes, the race was called a dead heat. The photo technicians did not see any room or space between the noses of Alpha and Golden Ticket. It was the first ever dead heat in the history of the Travers Stakes.